Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm appeared at New Dominion Bookshop on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, to read from his books, Holy Cows and Hog Heaven and Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal. Salatin, a well known figure in the local food movement, spoke at length on the politics of food safety regulations and the burden they place on family farms. He also took questions from the audience.
This week on WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call the conversation is all about the ‘Buy Local, Eat Local’ food scene. Area restaurateurs Kate Collier (Feast!) and Will Richey (Revolutionary Soup) join Melissa Harris and Jennifer Seidel from the new Flavor magazine along with host Rick Moore to discuss independent farms and sustainable agriculture. How do current Virginia laws help the large, industrial food system while hurting area farmers? How is it financially viable for a small restaurant to use better tasting but more expensive foods? Exactly what is a super-model vegetable and why are they to be shunned? What can you do to help this concept continue its growth?